Do you know what is so unique about the alphabet “e”? Why “bookkeeper” is so special? Why do “I am” so important?
They showcase the quirky side of English language. Did you know that the letter “e” is the most widely used alphabet and vowel and “bookkeeping” is the only unhyphenated English word with three consecutive double letters? That “I am” is the shortest complete sentence in English?
English language consists of words with most hilarious and bizarre synonyms and origins. Yet it is the widely spoken language with an increasing number of people preferring it to their native tongues.
Here are some of the interesting facts about English. Youngsters use a “who” in most of the sentences even in rebuking others. “Who” is the oldest known word in English dating back to more than 20,000 years.
The word “tragedy” comes from a Greek word “tragōidia” meaning the song of the male goat! A few more coming your way. If you are planning to buy a home after your degrees, you will certainly be burdened with mortgage. “Mortgage” comes from two French words mort (dead) and gage (pledge).
Have you ever pondered over the small dot on top of the letter i?—it is called a “tittle”.
Look at the phrase, “Oh My God” or better known as “OMG,” which is now very common among youngsters. They use it along with every sentence in chatting. In fact, “OMG" was invented by a 70-year-old British admiral, John Arbuthnot "Jacky" Fisher almost 100 years ago. Dear boyz and girlz do not think it is something new.
Similar is the case of “seriously”. It has now become a trend to append it with every sentence. For example “Are you gonna watch a movie, seriously?” How weird it is!
If you are spending a lot of time on a computer, then you are a “mouse potato”. Remember if somebody calls you “apple-knocker”, it means you are an unsophisticated person.
Do you know that “shampoo” comes from Hindi, “zombie” is West African and “bungalow” is from Bengal?
The list is endless friends. This universal language is fun to learn, speak and communicate.